Aircraft: Beech Bonanza. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Correctionville, Iowa. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The commercial pilot was in cruise flight at night and receiving flight-following services. The airplane was instrument equipped and the pilot held an instrument rating.
He advised air traffic control that he had the airport in sight. The controller acknowledged the transmission and told the pilot that radar services were terminated.
The airport had an unimproved grass runway and lights. Two witnesses who lived next to the airport said thick fog quickly enveloped the area shortly before the accident. Another witness said that visibility had dropped to less than 1/4 mile when he heard the airplane fly low over his house, but he could not see the airplane due to the fog.
The airplane crashed in trees about 1/4 mile northeast of the airport and caught fire.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to perform a go-around after encountering thick fog at night.
NTSB Identification: CEN13FA082
This December 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.